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July 22, 2020
(Dates and times are also on the TBC calendar)

Click on the link below to register for the Zoom online event:
Please remember that you must REGISTER for everything that you plan on attending.**

Once you click on the registration link, you will be taken to a webpage where you will enter your name and email address. Once you submit this information, you will receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL that includes the LINK you will use to join the program and the PASSWORD that you will need to enter after clicking the link to join.


If you would like friends or family members to attend any of these programs, you can forward this email to them and tell them to use the links below to register. We would love to add them to our community!  
Plans are taking shape for Religious School and teen education this fall. Whether in-person, remote, or a combination of both, TBC is committed to providing quality educational experiences for all students. Parents can plan on the general framework staying the same:
  • Jr. Chai (3-4 year olds) - Sunday 1x/month - 10:00 -11:30 am
  • Kindergarten - 3rd Grade - Sunday - 9:30-11:30 am
  • Grades 4-7 - Sunday - 9:30-11:30 am & Wednesday - 4:20-6:00 pm
  • TBC Teens - Grades 8-12 - Sunday 2x/month
The teen program includes:
  • Confirmation for 10th graders
  • L'Taken Political Action Seminar in Washington, DC (Gr. 10-12)
  • Programming designed with teen input
Teens in grades 8-12 looking for a great volunteer opportunity at temple, please consider joining the Madrichim program to assist in classrooms or the Religious School office on Sunday mornings or Wednesday afternoons. Click here for the Madrichim Registration Form for 2020-21. 
Exciting New Religious School Curriculum!

Join Cantor Dunkerley on a Zoom call on Sunday, July 26 at 9:30 am to learn about the exciting new Religious School Curriculum. The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland's robust K-6 curriculum was developed specifically to address learning needs in the midst of our nationwide pandemic. The year-long program will provide our students with consistent and engaging (problem-based, experiential, multimodal) learning activities that are responsive to our current need for virtual learning while at the same time balancing the challenges associated with having to learn at home with parental support.
If you are unable to make it on Sunday, a link to a recording of the call will be available on the Religious School page of our website.  
Membership Packages!

In order for the Temple to be prepared for Religious School and High Holy Days, we ask you to please return all forms and fees no later than July 31, 2020.
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry!

Thanks to a number of very generous congregants, we donated another $2000, for a total of $3000, to Our Daily Bread Food Pantry in Danbury. We THANK YOU and those in need THANK YOU!  The pantry has been serving between 150-160 families each time.  Funds are still desperately needed, so any additional donations would be greatly appreciated.  It's easy - donations can be made through the Social Action fund - or by going to  www.dailybreadfoodpantry.com.   In more typical times, the Social Action Committee volunteers about once a month.  Jane Alexander, your esteemed co-chair of social action, continues volunteering there through this very challenging time.  
Food donations are also accepted:  Food Donation Hours are now Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.  (Call the Daily Bread office at 203-748-3561 i f nobody is in the pantry to receive your donation.)
This Week's Torah Portion

This week, we start the final Book of Torah - Deuteronomy.    It is a sort of summary of what's come before. But it often seems that in Moses' retelling, some details have changed.

Early in this week's portion, the story of the scouts is retold. Moses tells the people that "All of you approached me and said, 'Send men ahead of us to explore the land. Let them bring back a report about the way ahead of us and the cities that we shall encounter.'" (Deut 1:22).

But in the original, the suggestion to send scouts comes from a different source: "God spoke to Moses, saying, 'Send out men for yourself to explore the Canaanite territory that I am about to give the Israelites ... Moses sent them from the Paran Desert at God's bidding. (Num 13:1-3)

Has old age affected his memory? Or is Moses intentionally changing these details? If so, why? Join us for Torah Study at 9:30 am on Saturday, 7/25, to find out.  Click here to register.
Yahrzeit Memorial Plaques at TBC

During this challenging time, we know that many of us are thinking of loved ones who have passed away. We invite you to commemorate the lives and blessings of your loved ones with a memorial plaque. A special service of dedication for the entire community will be scheduled at TBC when that again becomes possible.  Ordering information is available here .
Events Around Town

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Need Help or Pastoral Care?

If you or anyone you know in the congregation is ill or in need of care, please contact Cantor Dunkerley.

If you want to add (or remove) a name from the Mi Shebeirach (prayer for healing) list, please contact Denise Seccurra.
Upcoming Events and Save the Dates! 

Welcoming Shabbat Together - Register here
Friday, July 31, 7:30 pm 

Torah Study - Register here
Saturday, August 1, 9:30 am

New Tot Shabbat - Register here
Friday, August 7, 5:00 pm

Family Service Welcoming Shabbat Together - Register here
Friday, August 7, 6:30 pm

Torah Study - Register here
Saturday, August 8, 9:30 am

Welcoming Shabbat Together - Register here
Friday, August 14, 7:30 pm

Torah Study - Register here
Saturday, August 15, 9:30 am
See the TBC Calendar for more upcoming events

Yahrzeits, July 24 - 30
    Zeicher tzaddik livrachah! 
May the memory of the righteous be for a blessing!

Joan Scheiner Friday 7/24/2020 mother of Dayna Arnowitz
Paul L. Busch Monday 7/27/2020 husband of Iris Busch/
father of Jeffrey Busch
Gertrude Goodman Monday 7/27/2020 great grandmother of David Mann
Samuel Abraham Thursday 7/30/2020 father of David Abraham

It is traditional to light a memorial candle on the eve of the yahrzeit at home and to recite Kaddish when lighting the yahrzeit candle. It is also a custom to make donations in memory of loved ones around the time.
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        Temple B'nai Chaim             Mailing Address: P.O. Box 305, Georgetown, CT 06829
        Phone: 203 544-8695         Location: 82 Portland Avenue, Wilton CT 06897 ( Directions)

      Cantor/Educator : Cantor Harriet Dunkerley 
        President: June Mara          Office Manager/Facility Use: Denise Seccurra
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